Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog being moved!

Ten Paces and Draw illustration

Hello everyone! I actually have announcement.  Due to the massive amount of feedback, I am moving my blog permanently to my tumblr.  For a while, I had been experimenting with using a tumblr as a blog to see the responses and it seems to have received more attention than my original blog.

My new blog can be found here: NEW BLOG

I leave you with this blog post about the recent Ten Paces and Draw work I created about fashion.  You can view it on their website here: TEN PACES AND DRAW

 Ten Paces and Draw close up

Also for color practice, I took a break from work and did some color studies off of photos from the Sartorialist.  It ended up being good color study practice!
 Sartorialist sketches

 Sartorialist sketches

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Working Through Stress

Working Through Stress

This piece came from those times when everyone has a lot on their plate and a lot to deal with, but somehow manage to work through it and all the chaos.  Below are some close ups of the piece:

 Working Through Stress close up

 Working Through Stress close up

I also added a storyboarding section to my portfolio.  Right now, it just has a test one, but I plan on adding more soon!  You can view it here: STORYBOARD

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

American Illustration 32 and a Few New Pieces!

Worst Enemy

I just found out that my Worst Enemy piece above was accepted into the online gallery show of the American Illustration 32 competition! I'm very excited! Once the gallery is up, I will make another post about it so everyone can check it out officially!

Also in my spare time, I've been working on a few other pieces.

 Peace in Space

Recently, I've been listening to some podcasts while I work.  One podcast was about an astronaut describing his time out in space and a moment where his partner in the spacecraft gave them the idea that they should take a break and float along side the spacecraft to become fully immersed in the environment.   The description that they gave made it sound so peaceful and lovely that I had to do a piece inspired by it.

 Into the Unknown

The same space podcast helped me with the idea behind this piece above as well.  The description of shadows in space were so black and dark that if you were to put your hand into it, it would look as though it almost disappeared.  The motif reminded me a lot of what it's like to walk into your fate without knowing the outcome. An example would be when starting a career, it seems that sometimes we have to walk blindly into the unknown with whatever preparations we create and hope for the best.  It can be scary, but we just have to put on a brave face and be ready for anything. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bravest Warriors tshirt design and Snow Queen

Bravest Warriors design

In between projects, I came across a Threadless competition based around the online show Bravest Warriors created by Pendleton Ward.  Cartoon Hangover teamed up with Threadless to put on this competition and since I'm a fan of the show, I thought it might be fun to enter! Above is the design for the shirt I created around the four main characters and below I have what it would look like on a shirt.  The design gets scored by the public, which determines if it gets printed or not.  I could use support for the design so if you are interested in scoring it yourself, you can check it out here: BRAVEST WARRIORS TSHIRT DESIGN

 Bravest Warriors tshirt design

Also in my spare time, I've been working on a personal project based around the story of the Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson.  I don't have much to show yet for it since I'm doing it for fun, but below I have two promo images for the project!

 Snow Queen Promo 1

 Snow Queen Promo 2

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Light Grey Art Lab's Bat Tattoos

Bat tattoos

I can finally release my tattoo designs for Light Grey Art Lab's Beautiful Forever benefit show that I mentioned a while back.  Bats were my choice because I find vampire bat's noses intriguing. Strangely enough though, I wasn't the only one who thought bats would be a good idea for a design and a few other people added bats to their designs! I guess we all had bats on the brain! It's a funny coincidence. All the styles look vastly different so they all have their own unique spin on them. 

I had a lot of fun doing this project! Since they are temporary tattoo designs, you can buy them online at Light Grey Art Lab's shop here: Light Grey Art Lab's Shop

You can also view the other tattoos here if you'd like: Light Grey Art Lab's Beautiful Forever

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Show and Some Recent Work!

Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Show

Hello everyone! I am back from a trip to California for the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles show!  As I announced earlier, my piece was on display at Gallery Nucleus along with other winners.  If you are in the LA area and never been to the gallery, I highly recommend it.  It's a wonderful space. All of the winners in the competition can be found online here: Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles 51st Annual Competition

Because the show was in California, my family and I decided to take advantage of it and do a mini trip over there since it's quite a haul to travel from where I am and we didn't know when we would be in California next. We walked around Laguna Beach one day and toured the galleries and shops there as well.  Later on we did the super touristy Walk of Fame.  On the afternoon of the gallery show, we went to the LACMA and saw the Stanley Kubrick exhibit as well as the regular exhibits.  The last two days after the gallery show, we ended the trip in Disney Land!  I've never been to Disney Land before and absolutely loved it.  I love amusement park rides and anyone who knows me knows that I am basically just a big kid on the inside so Disney Land was a lot of fun. Unfortunately we missed the opening to their new park by a week, but we were able to see the concept art behind it and it looks like it will be a blast for all who can go!
 Her Mind Magazine Spring 2013 illustration
I also have some recent work to talk about! Above is an illustration for Her Mind Magazine's Spring 2013 issue about a woman giving a sermon to her congregation and using her old rugby days as a metaphor for the Psalm "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Long story short, she horrified them so much with all of the different types of injuries she witnessed that she has decided to not use that example anymore.  The story is very entertaining. If you want to read it, click here: Her Mind Magazine Spring 2013 issue

 Southern Indiana Living March/April 2013

Also, above and below this are two banner illustrations I created for Southern Indiana Living's March/April 2013 issue!  The two are for reoccurring articles in the magazine and should be used each time the article comes up in the magazine.  If you want to view them in the context of the articles, click here: Southern Indiana Living March/April 2013 issue

 Southern Indiana Living March/April 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Screaming Goats

Screaming Goats

Has everyone seen the videos that are going around online about the goats that yell like people instead of making the usual "Baah" noise?  If not, go into youtube and type in "goats yelling like humans" or "goats screaming like humans" and watch all of the different types of goats. It's the strangest thing, but also pretty funny.  My favorite video so far is the compilation video: Yelling Goats Video

 Screaming Goat close up 1

 Screaming Goat close up 2